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Former US President Bush remains in Houston hospital

George H.W. Bush remains in hospital as a precaution after experiencing shortness of breath.

Former US president George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara arrive for the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th US president at the Capital in Washington on January 20, 2009. Picture: AFP.

AUSTIN, Texas - Former US President George HW Bush, 90, remained hospitalised near his home in Houston on Wednesday as a precaution after experiencing shortness of breath, a spokesman for the 41st president said.

"President Bush had a good day and his prognosis remains positive," spokesman Jim McGrath said in a brief statement issued Wednesday evening, a day after Bush was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital.

McGrath added that Bush would remain at the hospital for another night "as a precaution."

Bush was admitted to the same hospital in November 2012 for treatment of bronchitis and related ailments before his discharge seven weeks later in mid-January of 2013.

His latest health scare unfolded on Tuesday evening, when the former president suffered shortness of breath and was taken by ambulance to Houston Methodist to be held for observation, McGrath said.

Bush, a Republican, grew so ill during his previous hospitalisation that he was believed at one point to be near death, and members of his family gathered around him.

He marked his 90th birthday this year by taking a tandem parachute jump near Kennebunkport, Maine. His eldest son, former President George W. Bush, this year published a best-selling book about his father, titled 41 - A Portrait of My Father.

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